Media Mashup: June 8, 2015

Opposition parties stopped the Islamic coalition in Turkey from gaining a majority in Parliament.
Opposition parties stopped the Islamic coalition in Turkey from gaining a majority in Parliament.
ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY

Many critics of U.S. foreign policy argue that Islamic countries cannot be ruled under democratic standards. Fortunately, voters in Turkey proved that assumption wrong by preventing strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan from reaching an outright majority in elections over the weekend.

Mr. Erdogan, who wants to rewrite the country’s constitution to make the country more Islamic, lost his majority in Parliament. Although his party might be able to form a government, the Turkish president lost Kurds and liberals. For details, see http://reut.rs/1IxuIsI

ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY II

Another Islamic country and longtime U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, has proved democracy will not be tolerated there. Despite outrage in the civilized world, the country’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment in the case of blogger Raif Badawi, who has fought for democracy. We think the United States should look seriously as its relationship with this regime, which has set a record for beheadings since King Salman came to power earlier this year. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1IpbeUo

ISLAM AND THE MEDIA

CNN’s Chris Cuomo, like many journalists, really doesn’t understand Islam and sharia law.

After it had been discovered that activist Pamela Geller was the target of Islamists in Boston, she gave an interview to Mr. Cuomo.

As PJMedia.com pointed out, the CNN anchor offered this nonsensical statement: Sharia is not mainstream Muslim thought.

As Andrew Bostom noted: “Mr. Cuomo and other media figures across the political spectrum would do well — before issuing such embarrassing, factually challenged pontifications — to study the work of Joseph Schacht, who was the most authoritative modern Western Islamic legal scholar.

“The sharia, or ‘clear path to be followed,’ as [Mr]. Schacht demonstrated is the ‘canon law of Islam,’ which ‘denotes all the individual prescriptions composing it.’” See http://pjmedia.com/blog/chris-cuomos-sharia-folly/

ISLAM AND SELFIES

A selfie by an Islamic State terrorist from his headquarters ended up with a U.S. air attack on the location.

According to testimony before a congressional committee, a Defense Department expert said the terror group has published 1,700 photos, videos and other posts, reaching up to 200,000 users on Twitter and other social media sites.

Nevertheless, we think it might have been better to keep the selfie guy secret. That way more IS selfies might happen. Now they won’t.

Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

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